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Mughal Coinage

Posted on : 24 Feb 2020

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  • The standard gold coin of the Mughals was the Mohur of about 170 to 175 grains. AbulFazl in his ‘Ain-i-Akbari’ indicated that a Mohur was equivalent to nine rupees. Half and quarter mohurs are also known.
  • The silver rupee which was an adoption from Sher Shah’s currency, was the most famous of all Mughal coins.
  • Akbar issued both round and square coins. In 1579, he issued gold coins called Ilahi coins to propagate his new religious creed ‘Din-i-Illahi’. On this coin, it was written ‘God is great, may his glory be glorified’. Sahansah was the largest gold coin. These coins bore the names of the persian solar months.
  • Jahangir showed the legend in a couplet in the coins. In some of his coins, he added the name of his beloved wife Noorjahan. The most famous of his coins had images of Zodiac signs.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Mughal Coinage
    1.The standard gold coin of the Mughals was known as Mohur.
    2.Coins issued by Jahangir had Zodiac Signs.
    3.Akbar issued both round and square coins.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.2 only

    2.1 and 3 only

    3.2 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3

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